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For Wisconsin citizens who care about our wildlife:

Please get involved. We are mobilizing to give a voice to the silent majority and to take back our land and wildlife from those who only strive to harm them. We need people to get involved in the Conservation Congress elections and hearings that are held every year in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. This is the sole citizen advisory to the DNR. Anti-wildlife interests have dominated this gathering for the past 80 years. We need to change that. WE are the majority. Here is the link for the dates, times, and location of the hearings:

http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/congress/spring_hearings/

If you are interested in participating in the hearings as a wildlife advocate please use the drop-down menu to choose your county and a WE VOW will contact you. The hunting and trapping lobbies have controlled this body for 80 years. We need to change that so our voice can be heard.






 

15 responses to “Contact Us

  1. Diane

    March 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I really appreciate this site for those of us who appreciate & respect wildlife. Sometimes it seems as though we are few & far between, but we are the silent majority whose voices are drowned out by loud, aggressive hunters with their self-serving & bullying organizations which represent them. I have attended the spring conservation congress meeting intermittantly in the past. One meeting in particular the DNR warden, leading the conversation mentioned a “housekeeping chore” which needed to be passed-it seems as though hunters who train their hunting dogs use small animals to chase & tear apart. The bear hunters had been doing this for a while-they just needed this to be passed by the Conservation Congress so it could be policy & it was. Multiple items every year are passed in this way. Please consider attending the meetings-this is our forum for some input.

     
    • rali74

      March 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Diane,
      This group was the brainchild of longtime wildlife advocate and Capital Times Madravenspeak Columnist, Patricia Randolph. Patricia has long attended the so called “Conservation Congress” and was even elected to serve on it as a delegate from Dane County in the late 1990’s. She has long advocated that people get involved and show up at these meetings to take back our voice. The sad fact is that most people who care either do not want to be intimidated by the thugs at the meeting, or don’t know that it is the SOLE citizen advisory to the DNR. The hunter/trappers groups have made sure that they control the attendance and agenda at these gatherings so that they get everything that they want. WE VOW wants to change that. We have let a vocal minority bully us into submission, but no more. The next “Congress” election is April 9th in each country. Just look at their “logo” on the DNR website to see what this is all about and who they want to attend:

      http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/congress/

       
    • chance

      March 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Dianne-

      I thought it was illegal for dogs to kill other animals in Wisconsin……Is this evidence of wildlife penning documented in any of these DNR meetings? Where can we find this evidence?

       
      • rali74

        March 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        I just found this:

        (2) Hound dog training license. (a) The department shall issue a hound dog training license to any individual who is at least 10 years of age who files a proper application and pays the applicable fee. If the department issues a hound dog training license to an individual who is under 12 years of age, the individual is subject to the restrictions specified under s. 29.592.

        (b) A hound dog training license authorizes the holder of the license to purchase, possess, release into the wild, and hunt any of the following wild animals for the purpose of teaching hound dogs to track game:

        1. Live captive rabbit purchased or otherwise acquired from a person holding a captive wild animal farm license.

        2. Live captive raccoon.

        3. Live captive bear of the species Ursus americanus.

        4. Live captive fox.

        5. Live captive coyote.

        6. Live captive bobcat.

        I did not know that they could release live captive animals to be hounded. As I dig further into Wisconsin statutes the more horrifying information that I find. The public needs to made aware of these activities. This is legally sanctioned animal fighting under the guise of “training.” The average citizen is not allowed to have wild animals as pets, but these people can capture and torture animals for “training dogs?” What is wrong with this state?

         
      • rali74

        March 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        Additional information from the DNR:

        http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/regs/smgame.pdf

        It is illegal to:

        • allow a dog to kill any wild animal at any time.

        It is illegal to:

        • not immediately kill, in a humane manner, all game taken and make it part of your daily bag.

        So every time that we see a video of a bear hounder letting their dogs rip apart a dying bear we need to report it and demand follow up. I want to know how many of these incidents have been investigated by the DNR and if any prosecution followed. I bet that I already know the answer.

         
      • chance

        March 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        It’s wildlife penning. if there are no regulations in place-or if there is no one enforcing the “no dogs can kill wild animals” these sadistic douchebags probably let these mutts rip and kill coyotes and other animals. Not to mention how dispicable these acts are- there are legitimate disease issues at play here. We can expose this and put the heat on the slob bear hunters. I bet no one knows these things are even happening

         
  2. chance

    March 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    These wildlife penners and slob bear hunters are the worst of the worst. All we need is one video, like the one showing the mutts ripping at the bear cub, or a penning training video- and people will be outraged. After Florida got wind of these penning events they were banned in Florida. There is no excuse for this…….There are 12 states that still allow this- Wisconsin being one of them.
    I remember seeing the video in Georgia showing that poor coyote being mauled by these dogs- as the redneck is standing in the background watching……

    http://www.animalrescueunit.com/foxandcoyotepenning.htm

    I’ve never heard of bear cubs being used as bait for sport- not even down south do they do that…..It must be something exclusive to Wisconsin and part of the “tradition”……
    These people are evil

     
  3. Carmen

    March 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This is shocking and appalling news regarding the poor innocent hunting of wolves and bears in Wisconsin. Furthermore, the use of poor, innocent animals as prey. I find it amazing that people can actually think that any of this is ethical or just. Bears and wolves are rare and to hunt these defenseless creatures makes me sick. Plus the very thought that hunters find it humane to use defenseless animals as prey. How can anyone think that using cubs, rabbits etc is humane?

     
    • rali74

      March 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      What is even more disturbing is that the state considers this to be a form of “recreation.” Only a sadist could truly enjoy activities like these, yet this state actively promotes this as “conservation.” Honestly I don’t think that these people care about being humane. They obviously enjoy inflicting pain before they kill. What kind of species are we?

       
      • chance

        March 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

        These wildlife abusers have blurred the lines of “recreation”. Some of these acts are clearly animal abuse violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Cruelty- and we will expose it as such. Let these people try to defend the videos

         
  4. Diane

    March 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Diane says:
    We as a society seem to have closed our hearts, our ears & our eyes to cold-hearted hunting practices. Contest kills including coyote contest & varmint hunts are 2 examples of this. These contests again are carried out frequently using hunting dogs. Some taverns/bars in rural WI offer a free drink for every coyote killed & the largest coyote may garner you the opportunity to win a gun. Unfortunately for wolves it can be a bit difficult to distinguish a large coyote from a small wolf. . Some varmint hunting contests offer points for each varmint killed. A crow or racoon has a lower point value than does a coyote. The team with the most points will win a prize. Society seems to accept these blood sports as standard operating procedure. I believe when the legislature, DNR & Conservation Congress allowed 10 year olds to hunt, we took yet another turn for the worse. 10 year old children should be taught to be kind & gentle to animals-not to kill them. Now yet more legislation in the form of “any thing goes” wolf hunting was passed to further increase the desensitation toward blood sports which is so prevalent in rural WI society. Yes what have we become-but even more frighteniing is what will we be?

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    • rali74

      March 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Diane,

      I remember seeing an a newspaper advertisement last fall for a raccoon killing contest being sponsored by a bar in Mauston. It just astounds me that killing contests can be legal anywhere at any time. What is wrong with these people? And they wonder why many of us have such disdain for the hunting community? Where is the outrage from the so-called “ethical hunters?” If there is any, I sure don’t hear it. I really think that people who live from Dane County south, have no clue what is going on in the rural areas of our state. When killing becomes a “sport” or “recreation,” I think that a line has certainly been crossed. As hard as I try to figure out why people in these areas have such blood lust, I just can’t. When did this behavior become acceptable and celebrated? You would think that in the 21st century our species would have moved on from behavior like this. I was wrong, and we seem to be getting worse.

       
  5. chance

    August 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Today the National Wolfwatcher Coalition filed a lawsuit against the Wisc DNR and NRB. All the intervenors are local Wisconsin groups. Now we need some national exposure.

     
  6. Alice C. Miller

    November 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

    memberships…I know what I am giving everyone this year for christmas….

     

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